Helen Marie Joseph

August 5, 1928January 9, 2021
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Helen Marie Joseph August 5, 1928-January 9, 2021

She left us in the early morning of January 9, 2021, when softly came the dawn. And since she never said good-bye, it’s hard to think she’s gone. Although she left us weeping, lonely and with aching hearts, we know the angels are keeping her, where sweet joys will never depart.

Helen passed at the age of 92, and was preceded in death by her parents Helen and Louis Daywood, her loving husband of 60 years James Joseph, Sr., and her son James Joseph Jr.

Helen was born and raised in Austin. She attended Austin High School, where she obtained her High School Diploma. Helen enjoyed the arts, including theater and poetry. In her youth, she had a part in Little Rascals, as well as various other plays. Throughout life, she enjoyed writing poetry in her spare time, as well as dancing.

Helen became an accomplished entrepreneur in the 1950’s, when her and her husband opened their own Mexican food restaurant El Matador. El Matador became a landmark in the Austin area for over 50 years.

Helen was a dedicated mother and grandmother, first and foremost. She treasured her children and grandchildren and cherished every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Titah. She had a vivacious and warm personality and always made the people around her feel loved and welcomed. No one was a stranger to her. She made friends everywhere she went and was loved by all, including her customers at El Matador. Although her children and grandchildren called her mom and Titah, they were not alone. She was known as mom, Titah, aunt, sister, and friend to numerous others.

Helen is the loving and devoted mother of Helen Joseph Finke, Jr, and husband Dennis Finke and Morris Joseph and wife Cheryl Joseph and adored grandmother of Cristal Finke, Jena and Chris Dubon, Morris Jr. and Morgan Joseph, and Cody and Nikki Rogers, great grandmother to Lillyana, Aaliyah, and Emma Dubon, Dakota and Sydney Rogers, Haven and Dillon Williams, and Mason Rogers, great-great grandmother of Kamryn Rogers and Carter Williams, and loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, the family will be holding a private funeral, however there will be a viewing available on Wednesday January 13, 2021 from 4:00pm-7:00pm at Cook-Walden Funeral Home located at 6100 N. Lamar Blvd. for family and friends to say their goodbyes, should they choose. Please note, family will not be present for this, however there will be a party to celebrate her life later this year once the pandemic passes. The family asks that you please consider your safety and the safety of your family, as this is our first priority.

A special thank you to the amazing physicians who provided compassionate and exceptional medical care for Helen, including Dr. Terry Chambless, Dr. Elia Saadeh, Dr. Jon Smedley, and Dr. Scott Seidel. The care they provided is what medicine is about.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation for the sympathy, comforting words, prayers, and all expressions of kindness and concern. May God bless you always.

“Let your light so shine….” Matthew 5:16


  • Morris Joseph, Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • Cody Rogers, Active Pallbearer
  • Mason Rogers, Active Pallbearer
  • Dakota Rogers, Active Pallbearer
  • Christian DuBon, Active Pallbearer
  • Jena DuBon, Active Pallbearer
  • William Kaman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dr. Elia Saadeh, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dr. Terry Chambless, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021


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Debbie Stehling

January 18, 2021

I'll miss seeing Helen at Divine Liturgy on Saturday evenings. She was always sweet, kind, & a joy to be around. She & her family & friends are in my prayers.

Roger Barrett

January 15, 2021

She always made me feel so special and loved. She had a lot of spirit and feistiness. She had so much love in her heart and was determined to speak what was in her heart.
She was so quick witted too. She made me laugh a lot. Her laugh was so infectious.
I'm so privileged to have known her.
Roger Barrett

Jo Ann Joseph

January 14, 2021

Bob and I extend our heartfelt condolences. May all the beautiful memories you cherish keep “Aunt Helen” in your hearts forever. She was, to many of us, a very special lady.
Love and prayers.
Jo Ann Joseph & Bob Ryon

Pat Joseph

January 13, 2021

Helen,s warm and welcoming smile will always be with me. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

Mary Joseph-Fisher

January 13, 2021

To the family of Helen Marie;
Helen was always so happy to see everyone, greeting us with warm hugs and a smile that was beyond measure! I'll always remember her kindness and love that she shared with family, extended family and friends. I know she was received in Heaven with open arms, just as she received all that visited her. Hugs & love to all. Mary

Larry and Margie Nohra

January 13, 2021

What a lovely lady Aunt Helen was and what beautiful memories she leaves behind for us. Her smile greeted us warmly, her generous heart made us always feel welcome and her bubbly personality made us rejoice in being her friend. We share in the family’s sorrow and will always cherish the privilege of feeling like part of your family. Our love to each of you. God bless all of you and may God embrace Aunt Helen and may His perpetual light shine upon her.

Mustapha Alame

January 12, 2021

Helen and Morris
I am so sorry about the loss of Aunt Helen. My condolences to you and your Family. She was a great wife , mother and Grand mother that sacrificed her life to her family. She was full of love and It was always great pleasure for me to spend time visiting with her, cooking together and laughing.
She lived a great life, she will be dearly missed. See you soon .
Luv y’all
Mustapha, Debby and the Alame family.

Joanne Land

January 12, 2021

Helen, Morris and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Mrs. Joseph was always so kind and friendly to me. She always remembered me even long after Jimmy was no longer on the Council. May the Lord hold you all in the palm of His hand as you walk this difficult journey.

Susan Wagner

January 12, 2021


I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May she rest in peace.

Susan Wagner

Janis Stevens

January 11, 2021

Mom always made us feel welcome and loved. She loved her children and grandchildren fiercely, and they loved her dearly. She will be missed by so many, and we will forever keep her memory in our hearts.


Tity Daywood & Helen


Helen Marie Daywood


12 years old


Teenage Helen


wedding day


James (Jimmy) Joseph & now Helen Joseph